Dog Breed Guide: Beagles

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A Beagle dog puppy.

By veterinarian Dr. Marc, a writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats 

About the Beagle

Height (to base of neck): 13-15″

Weight: 20-30 lbs

Color: Black, tan and white tricolor is most common, but ticking and diluted blue are also accepted

Origin: England

Coat: Short-medium, dense coat

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Exercise needs: low to moderate

Is a Beagle the Right Dog Breed for You?

Beagles can be suited to urban or rural environments and possess a loyal, gentle and trustworthy temperament. They can be independent minded, but enjoy affection and human contact. They are good with children when properly socialized and typically aren’t good watch dogs. They need secure enclosures to prevent escaping. They have moderate to high barking tendency and can become vocal when left alone. They have low to moderate exercise needs and can tend to put on weight easily. They have low grooming needs and are moderate shedders.

5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for Beagles

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue Average Claim Amount Most Expensive Claim
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) $1,704 $11,637
Ear Infections $247 $3,514
Skin Allergies $467 $5,286
Gastritis (stomach inflammation and/or infection) $502 $1,850
Lipoma (Benign Fat Tumors) $426 $1,973

Photos of Beagles

Below, Beagle siblings JoJo and Ella pose for a picture in a wood crate under an apple tree.

Two beagle dogs named JoJo and Ella pose for a picture in a wood crate under an apple tree.














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